It's a Sunday morning.

As you turn up to play football it's pouring with rain and your fingers have gone numb. There's not many things that could make this situation much worse.

That's excluding, of course, your manager saying that you're starting on the bench.

Unsurprisingly it doesn't matter what level of football you're playing; nobody wants to be a substitute.

Imagine then that your name is Angel di Maria or Juan Mata.

Sometimes regardless of the level of quality a player possesses, they simply can't nail down that starting spot. This season in particular has seen some surprise candidates dropped to the bench by their respective managers.

Some because of intense competition, others down to the fact that they've just not been performing to the required standard.

Here we count down the best players in the world who have found themselves resigned to the dugout for the majority of this campaign... 

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